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Albert Cummings



March 15, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Someone Like You, the latest album from master guitarist, master builder, and fan favorite Albert
Cummings, marks his return to noted roots label Blind Pig Records.
The Massachusetts native learned the requisite three chords on the guitar from his father, but
then switched to playing banjo at age 12 and became a fan of bluegrass music. In his late teens
he encountered the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan and was floored by the virtuosity.
While in college in 1987 he saw Vaughan perform and he returned to the guitar with a new
outlook and resolve.
The whiz-kid carpenter began his ascent to masterful blues rock guitarist at age 27, with his first
public performance on guitar. Soon he was on the Northeast blues circuit with his band, Swamp
Yankee. In 1998 he walked into a Northeast Blues Society open jam, which led to Cummings’
winning the right to compete in the Blues Foundation’s 1999 International Blues Challenge. The
following year Albert released his debut recording, The Long Way. Bluesprint magazine said it
was “a barrage of guitar pyrotechnics that calls to mind a grand mix of the styles of past masters
like Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Hendrix.”
That in turn opened up an opportunity for him to work with Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray
Vaughan’s rhythm section. So taken with Albert’s fire and passion were bassist Tommy
Shannon and drummer Chris Layton that they volunteered to play on and produce his solo debut
recording, 2003’s self-released From the Heart. Recorded in Austin, Texas, it featured
Cummings fronting Double Trouble (including Reese Winans) in their first recording project
since Stevie Ray’s passing. No less a giant of the blues than B.B. King dubbed Cummings “a
great guitarist.”
Cummings’ soulful and explosive approach to blues and rock caught the attention of Blind Pig
Records, which signed him to a multi-album deal. On his label debut, True to Yourself, released
in 2004, Cummings was again joined by bassist Tommy Shannon. Recorded by producer
extraordinaire Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray, Buddy Guy), the album rocks hard from start to
finish. The all-original release showcased Albert’s rapidly developing songwriting chops and
deeply emotional vocals as well as stunning guitar pyrotechnics, leading Guitar One to exclaim,
“He attacks his axe with unbridled ferocity and deep soulfulness… his depth and expression are
matched only by his terrifying technique and tone.”
Soon tours and shows with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and others
brought Albert’s music to a much larger audience.

All Ages, Non Smoking, General Admission, Limited Seating